Obstacles to Change Management

Change is part of our lives today. And sometimes it affects our organizations. Unfortunately, we don’t always react well to it either as individuals or in a group.

But our survival as an organization frequently depends on our ability to react. We know this and yet we still resist change.

Learning to live with change means learning to overcome the obstacles to appropriate reaction. In many ways, the whole term change management is wrong. What we as organizational change specialists do is manage reactions. We manage the reactions of the people being affected. We manage the reactions of the organization. We do this by overcoming the obstacles that force an improper reaction.

But what are the obstacles to change management?

There are many obstacles to change management. Many are unique to individual organizations. Many are unique to the individuals involved. This uniqueness is what forms the environment for change. The ability to recognize commonalities and work within this environment is crucial to success. In this article, I’m going to share six obstacles that are frequently found across many organizations.

1. Lack of education in managing the reaction to change. Even the term change management indicates that we don’t properly teach managers how to manage their organizations through change. People’s reactions to our change efforts follow a reasonably static set of responses. As managers, we need to be able to predict their reaction in order to identify the appropriate structure around the change.

2. People are slow to recognize change. People don’t really resist change as a general rule. However, they often fail to recognize the extent or importance of change. This is actually a survival mechanism. And while it is in many ways a good thing, this delay can cause issues when surviving a change requires quick reaction times.

3. Lack of time and energy to do it right. Often as managers, we are faced with a lack of time and energy to convince our people to adapt to the change. In fact, sometimes we’re faced with a lack of time to even convince them that a change is needed. While people don’t really resist change they do resist the imposition of changes. And unfortunately, lack of time and energy often manifests itself in the imposition of a response. It is the reaction to the imposition of change that often is perceived as resistance to change.

4. Complexity of the changes. It can be argued that our grandparents saw greater changes than we did or ever will. But what can’t be argued is that the changes we are faced with are occurring faster and in more complex patterns than have ever occurred previously. The complexity of these changes makes the primary response difficult to identify. In addition, it can also make identifying the best way to manage reactions difficult.

5. Contradictory changes. Part of the problem involved with the complexity of the changes being dealt with is that many of the changes are in fact contradictory. For example, the emergence of the job board meant that job seekers could submit applications with less effort and greater control. However, it also meant that human resources became quickly overloaded, reducing the probability of a job seeker being selected.

6. Political environment. No discussion of the obstacles to change management could be complete with a mention of the political environment. While it’s nice to believe that people accept change and resist change for rational reasons the truth is often different. Emotions form a large part of our decision making process. And that includes emotions related to protecting our turf, ourselves and our position. As many necessary changes have found themselves failing as unnecessary changes have found themselves forced into place due to improper political pressures.

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Top 3 Things You Should Do Before Choosing Your Private Label Olive Oil Supplier

There are many reasons why people are ecstatic about creating their own product line of olive oil.

One reason is its growing market. As people become more aware of the benefits brought by it, the demand is steadily increasing. The fact that you can find olive oil as an ingredient in almost any healthy product, any entrepreneur would really be tempted to join the industry.

Another reason is passion. Health gurus and beauty bloggers are just a few of the people who love olive oil, and incorporating their passion into their business is never a bad idea, right?

So before you start choosing and calling your private label olive oil supplier, here are the top three most important things you should do first:

Study the Market

Regardless if you already own a business or are just starting up, you should study first your target marketplace.

Who would possibly buy it? Can your market afford to purchase extra virgin olive oil? The best customers are those who won’t mind paying a high price as long as the product is worth it. But this is not the only factor you should consider.

Price Competition

Knowing the current prices on the market will serve as your guideline in choosing the right supplier in terms of the pricing of bulk orders.

You can also determine how much profit you can gain, and how competitive you can be in the market. More importantly, since you are creating a privately labeled line, make sure that your price can compete with the branded ones.

Qualify the Suppliers

Truth is, the olive oil industry is quite a small niche, so you will want your product to stand out.

Basically, you can really stand out if you choose the right packaging. Packaging includes the style of the bottle, how much of it you want in a single bottle, and also, the creativeness of the whole packaging concept.

But the question is, can the manufacturer achieve this kind of packaging?

There are a lot of suppliers, but if you think that you can just pick the right one up easily, think again. The right supplier should, above all, catch up on your vision for your products.

For example, the best private label olive oil supplier are those who have sample packages ready but also welcomes their clients’ ideas and desired characteristics. There are even companies that will send a virtual sample for their clients to see how their order will look like. This kind of flexibility gives ultimate freedom for the clients to own their product.

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